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International Advocacy

Zonta International has engaged in advocacy at the international level through its international service projects  and its awards programs which promote the status of women.

 

Zonta's International Advocacy and United Nations Committees, in particular, engage in advocacy action at the international level and alert members to opportunities for advocacy at the district and club levels.

 

Advocacy, either directly or through our Service and Award Programs, takes account of:

  • Zonta's Objects of 'improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women' (ZI Object (a)) and 'to promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms' (ZI Object (c));

These aims align with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Articles 1-16. Zonta International is currently the only women's international non- governmental organization (NGO) which focuses solely on Articles 1-16;

  • The Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) (Latest update) - especially the 12 Critical Areas of Concern;
  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (latest update) - especially MDG 3 and MDG 5.
  • Relevant international instruments to which Zonta International refers to undertake advocacy at the global level are:
    • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW (1979) and Optional Protocol to the Convention (1999)
    • Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (2003)
    • Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (1962)
    • Convention against Discrimination in Education (1960)
    • Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (1958)
    • Convention on the Nationality of Married Women (1957)
    • Convention on the Political Rights of Women (1952)
    • Equal Remuneration Convention (1951)
    • Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (1949)
  • Associated Declarations and Resolutions by the General Assembly Economic and Social Council and the Security Council which relate to women and the girl child, and especially their protection in emergencies and armed conflict, also inform Zonta's advocacy.
  • The International Bill of Human Rights and Core International Human Rights Instruments (only as they apply to women and girls) are also relevant to Zonta’s advocacy at the international level. 

These include:

    ICERD International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
    ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    ICESCR International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
    CAT Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    CRC Convention on the Rights of the Child
    ICRMW International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
    ICPAPED International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
    CRPD Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    ICESCR-OP Optional Protocol of the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    ICCPR-OP1 Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    ICCPR-OP2 Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty
    OP-CEDAW Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
    OP-CRC-AC Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict
    OP-CRC-SC Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
    OP-CAT Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    OP-CRPD Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

  • Zonta International is affiliated with the United Nations as an NGO in the following ways:
    • General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);
    • Consultative Status with the International Labour Organization (ILO);
    • Affiliation with the Department of Public Information (DPI);
    • Member of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO) which has a Consultative Relationship with the UN (Zonta participates in a number of CONGO Standing Committees in New York, Geneva and Vienna);
    • Operational Relations with UNESCO (Paris);
    • Accredited Representative (on application) to Working Group Sessions of the Human Rights Council (now Commission) via consultative status with ECOSOC (Geneva).

Zonta International also has Participative Status with the Council of Europe.

 

Members of the International UN Committee represent Zonta International in NGO Forums in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Paris. Members of the International Advocacy Committee assist in formulating advocacy statements on international issues which are then endorsed by the Zonta International Board.

 

Zonta members are encouraged to read their country reports to CEDAW as well as reports to UN entities on their country’s Beijing Platform for Action progress and Millennium Development Goal progress to look for opportunities for advocacy action. The submission of NGO Reports on Country reports is also encouraged thus engaging members in matters which are pertinent to their own country as well as international issues.